It can be a challenge to raise children in general but hidden disabilities really kicks that up a notch or two. In some ways I love that God has chosen me to rise to that challenge although other days I must admit that I think God has more faith in me than I think I deserve.
I know that God has a plan for me and my family and it is a great plan. He knows my children’s gifts and their challenges and He will perfect in them His will if they will submit to Him.
It is my job as a mom to model real Christianity to them. To love them and teach them about God’s love and how His love is perfect and will meet their needs. It is hard to teach children to be grateful and thank God for all things in a world that is full of discontent, ingratitude and complaint. I can’t make them love the Lord with all of their hearts but I can model what that looks like and pray that it is so attractive that they will seek that for their own lives.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Oh Lord, may I follow your instructions and teach my children all that you have taught me. I pray above all else that my children will learn that you love them and you want what is best for them, which is their eternal good not their present happiness and that when they submit to you and accept this they will experience true joy.